Wednesday, April 09, 2014

ACM Awards

Something about covering a country music awards program just makes you want to yell, YEE-HAW!

Over the weekend, I got to travel to Las Vegas to run our satellite truck for the ACM Awards.

I don't often get to work with our entertainment unit these days, so it was pretty cool to be given the assignment.

It's been a while since I followed Country music and I have to admit, I barely recognized anyone except for the biggest stars.

The last time I covered this awards show, I think Kenny Rogers was still walking the red carpet.

Mostly I just snapped shots of the people who were being interviewed.

It was a CBS sponsored event, so I wasn't surprised to see some recognizable CBS show stars.

Las Vegas is always an adventure, even if it's just a mild adventure. I'm glad everything ran very smoothly and while there, I even had a chance to enjoy a nice piece of cheap prime rib with a cold beer.

Plus, I'm not much of a gambler, but I managed to walk away from the slot machines with $40.00 of Sin City's money.

That doesn't make us even, but it closes the gap just a bit.

All in all, if you have to work for a living, not a bad way to spend a weekend.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Beautiful and the Gallery

I'm not sure of I "get it" when it comes to a lot of fine art. Sometimes in rare moments of clarity I can be found appreciating an artists efforts, even if I might miss the point entirely of the artists intent.

This past weekend, my lovely wife, had the opportunity to show a couple of her most recent art projects at a gallery show at a home in the View Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The gallery space itself was actually pretty awesome. The dark grey walls and unfinished floor provided a vibe that was creative and exceeded my expectations.

The pieces that Dellis has been working on are a part of a series that seemed to resonate well with the visitors to the gallery and it was pretty freaking cool to see her brightly colored works hanging on the grey gallery walls.

I'm digging the fact that her artistic efforts are being so well received, but I tread carefully in my comments.

Control freak that I am, it's always difficult to be balanced in my reaction in a way that doesn't influence artistic efforts.

I've learned from past experiences that my attempts to be supportive should be limited to mild forms of vocal praise and positive endorsement through social media.

Apparently, I'm too close to the delicate nature of the creative process and my intent to encourage and support can way too easily be misinterpreted.

I find myself simply getting on the way of my wife's artistic process.

Maybe it would be easier for me if all my creative family members followed my lead in regards to accepting input or criticism.

I mostly just nod my head so people know I'm listening and then just do what I care to do.

Thankfully, we are all individuals and not all alike. Heh-heh, not at all alike. That's very clear in our artistic tastes and temperament.

Do we change that which we observe? I dunno. Maybe.

It's a Schroedinger's cat dilemma in which I can only hope to see a positve outcome by smiling and nodding my head in an agreeable manner, then moving quickly to look at someone else's work.

Trying not to metaphorically kill the cat as I comment.

"I know what I like. I like these. Very cool."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Politics of Income and Exide

The people who live near the Exide battery recycling facility are angry.

It's not surprising, since the soil and maybe even the air in the surrounding community maybe got a little lead poisoned.

Not good for raising healthy families.

I spent some time with Dave Bryan covering the story this past week and got to see representatives of California State Agencies try to discuss where things are and how the community and Exide can move forward.

The thing is, people who attended the meeting aren't really interested in moving forward.  They want Exide to be shut down.  Now.

It's an interesting story.  The area is mostly lower income and the one question that never really got answered is the same question asked at any of these meetings.

How come this doesn't happen in Beverly Hills?

Of course, I think that's meant to be rhetorical.